Unity and Google are committed to making augmented reality (AR) mainstream. As we continue to work together towards that goal, let’s take a moment to celebrate this year’s advancements and where handheld AR is going in the next 12 months.
Throughout 2018, Google and Unity collaborated to expand the possibilities of ARCore development on Unity. ARCore released near monthly updates to enhance its featureset, helping pave the way for standout games like Ghostbusters World and Jurassic World™ Alive. Unity focused its efforts on the introduction of the AR Foundation framework, a common API that makes it even easier to create AR experiences. While you may be familiar with some of the enhancements, let’s take a quick look at the evolution of ARCore on Unity:
Looking forward to the next 12 months, ARCore development on Unity will continue to evolve in exciting new ways. While many of the details around specific features and timing is hush-hush, here are a few things you can look forward to next year:
After adding support for ARCore and the release of a few features in 2018, you can expect Unity’s AR Foundation to mature in 2019. This framework will expand beyond handheld AR development and include wearable AR development. This will make AR development easier across industries and use cases. We’ll continue to share more details on this developments over the course of the year.
Scaling up device support
Making sure ARCore is widely available is key for maintaining a healthy ecosystem that supports your handheld AR projects. Expect Google to rollout support for even more devices next year, expanding upon the already 250 million globally supported devices.
If 2018’s release of ARCore Cloud Anchors and the announce of Unity’s partnership with Google Cloud on Connected Games isn’t telling enough, we’re all-in on helping creators make connected experiences. Next year, Unity will open up access to mobile Connected Games services including matchmaking, game hosting, and much more.
If you have yet to experiment with ARCore development, it’s a great time to begin. To get started (and hone your skills for what’s to come in 2019), below you’ll find a list of helpful resources including the Unite LA session on developing experiences for ARCore.